Police charge woman with defrauding school at Goulburn

A woman will face court today charged after allegedly defrauding a small rural school of fundraising money over a five-year period.

In September 2019, detectives from The Hume Police District commenced an investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds by a former volunteer of the school.

Following extensive inquiries, a 50-year-old woman was arrested at a home in Goulburn yesterday (Tuesday 23 June 2020).

Investigators executed a search warrant at the woman’s home, seizing documentation and computer equipment for examination.

The woman was taken to Goulburn Police Station, where she was charged with:

– dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception (x7),

– deal with identity info to commit indictable offence (x6), and

– publish false misleading material to obtain advantage (x5)

It’s alleged between June 2015 and September 2019 the woman used her position as a volunteer at the school to fraudulently obtain almost $4,000 raised through various fundraisers.

It’s further alleged the woman applied for several credit cards using the personal details of a woman that was known to her.

She was refused bail and is due to face Wollongong Local Court today (Wednesday 24 June 2020).

Inquiries are continuing.

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